Monthly Archives: April 2013

Rats to the rescue

Wildlife and conflict rarely add up to ‘good news’ stories but the Pouched Rats of Africa provide a heart-warming version of the ‘swords to ploughshares’ theme and claim the title of ‘HeroRATS’. Normally these rats, which can grow up to … Continue reading

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Gregory’s gaze: nature of war

It is not surprising that Dr Derek Gregory takes such an interest in ‘drones’ since he is a human drone (the unarmed version)! The gaze of Gregory, currently the Peter Wall Distinguished Professor and Professor of Geography at the University … Continue reading

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A Jooste War: 3/final

The point of counter-insurgency is to restore some parity to create enough ‘breathing space’ to allow a political settlement: ‘the political object is the goal, war is the means of reaching it, and means can never be considered in isolation … Continue reading

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A Jooste War:2

Is the appointment of Major General Johan Jooste ‘the Sunni Awakening’ moment, when the tide turned in South Africa’s fight against rhino poachers? Major General Johan Jooste, now aged 62, had served in both the current SANDF (South African National … Continue reading

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A Jooste War: 1

In announcing his new appointment in December 2012, South African retired Major General Johan Jooste threw down the gauntlet: ‘It is a fact that South Africa, a sovereign country, is under attack from armed foreign nationals. This should be seen … Continue reading

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Laikipia spotlight:2

(This is the second of two reports focusing on conflict and conservation issues in Laikipia County in Kenya where a number of high-profile private game Reserves are located. The reports are adapted from the recent Small Arms Survery report ‘Policing … Continue reading

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Laikipia spotlight:1

(This is Part One of two reports focusing on conflict and conservation issues in Laikipia County in Kenya where a number of high-profile private game reserves are located. The reports are adapted from the recent Small Arms Survery report ‘Policing … Continue reading

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Rhino Mayday

Rhino Mayday in London will see experts from different rhino-related professions come together to a give talk on each of their specialist subjects; from project leaders and conservation charities, to academics and zoo staff. The date is May 1. There … Continue reading

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Biblical reflections

In the late Sixties the well-respected historian, Lynn White jnr., wrote: ‘the victory of Christianity over paganism was the greatest psychic revolution in the history of our culture’ in an article called ‘The Historical Roots of Our Ecologic Crisis’. Today … Continue reading

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